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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Optical fiber Bragg grating-instrumented silicone liner for interface pressure measurement within prosthetic sockets of lower-limb amputees
Author(s): Ebrahim A. Al-Fakih; Nooranida B. Arifin; Gholamhossein Pirouzi; Faisal R. Mahamd Adikan; Hanie N. Shasmin; Noor A. Abu Osman
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents a fiber Bragg grating (FBG)-instrumented prosthetic silicone liner that provides cushioning for the residual limb and can successfully measure interface pressures inside prosthetic sockets of lower-limb amputees in a simple and practical means of sensing. The liner is made of two silicone layers between which 12 FBG sensors were embedded at locations of clinical interest. The sensors were then calibrated using a custom calibration platform that mimics a real-life situation. Afterward, a custom gait simulating machine was built to test the liner performance during an amputee’s simulated gait. To validate the findings, the results were compared to those obtained by the commonly used F-socket mats. As the statistical findings reveal, both pressure mapping methods measured the interface pressure in a consistent way, with no significant difference (P-values ≥0.05). This pressure mapping technique in the form of a prosthetic liner will allow prosthetics professionals to quickly and accurately create an overall picture of the interface pressure distribution inside sockets in research and clinical settings, thereby improving the socket fit and amputee’s satisfaction.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 August 2017
PDF: 8 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 22(8) 087001 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.22.8.087001
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 22, Issue 8
Show Author Affiliations
Ebrahim A. Al-Fakih, Univ. of Malaya (Malaysia)
Nooranida B. Arifin, Univ. of Malaya (Malaysia)
Gholamhossein Pirouzi, Univ. of Malaya (Malaysia)
Faisal R. Mahamd Adikan, Univ. of Malaya (Malaysia)
Hanie N. Shasmin, Univ. of Malaya (Malaysia)
Noor A. Abu Osman, Univ. of Malaya (Malaysia)


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